St Patrick’s day is one of the most enjoyable and fun-filled days of the calendar year.
If we’re being honest, the main highlight is of course the drinking aspect which everyone partakes in.
If, however, the traditional Guinness isn’t your favourite beverage, don’t worry…
In this article, we’ll be covering some of the best cocktails for St Patrick’s Day. These will make use of all the best spirits and drinks that Ireland has to offer.
Best Cocktails for St Patrick’s Day
Guinness is the true drink for St Patrick’s Day but a lighter and just as festive option is green beer.
It’s a bit of a gimmick and a stretch to call it a cocktail but there are few better ways to start the festivities than with a green beer.
568ml Light Beer
2 Drops Green Food Dye
Add 1 – 2 drops of green food dye to a pint of light beer.
Start with the least amount of dye needed to turn the drink green, otherwise, the more dye you use the greener your mouth and tongue will be as a result!
If you think copious amounts of Guinness is the recipe for a March 18th hangover, you’ve clearly not experienced the Irish Slammer.
Combining all three of Ireland’s best alcoholic beverages (Guinness, Baileys, and Irish Whiskey), the Irish Slammer packs a punch and is not for the faint-hearted.
1 Bottle Guinness
25ml Irish Whiskey (check our our post on the best Irish Whiskey brands for inspiration)
Pour the Guinness into a glass and set it to one side. Now pour the Baileys and Irish Whiskey into two separate shot glasses.
Drop both shots into the glass of Guinness to serve.
Despite the name, the Baby Guinness doesn’t actually contain Guinness but takes its name from the fact that the finished product looks like a miniature glass of stout.
A Baby Guinness is a shooter style of a cocktail containing Baileys and coffee liqueur. These miniature cocktails are great for getting the party started.
50ml Coffee Liqueur
Fill a large shot glass ⅔ with coffee liqueur. Pour the Baileys over the back of a spoon into the shot glass to create a “head” to the drink.
The end product should look like a pint of Guinness.
Pouring the Baileys over the spoon requires a bit of practice but it will allow the Baileys to float on top of the coffee liqueur creating the drinks head.
Flat White Martini
This rethink of the classic martini adds Baileys into the ingredient list making it an ideal martini option for St Patrick’s Day.
Make a freshly brewed espresso shot. Add the espresso, Baileys, and vodka to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and dust with cocoa powder and top with three coffee beans to garnish.
Baileys Mint Martini
This minty martini has an electric green colour provided by the Crème De Menthe and as a result, it’s an ideal St Patrick’s Day cocktail.
It can be quite a rich drink so we’d recommend saving this for a sweet and minty dessert.
25ml Crème De Menthe
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until the shaker becomes cold to touch to dilute and chill the ingredients.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and top with whipped cream to garnish.
Baileys Irish Float
Baileys is a very versatile beverage and it really comes into its own when used as a dessert.
St Patrick’s Day isn’t known for desserts but combining Baileys, Guinness, and ice cream is something few people can say no to.
3 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
Add the vanilla ice cream to a chilled dessert glass.
Pour over the Guinness and Baileys and drizzle with chocolate syrup to garnish.
Irish Whiskey Cocktails
A Whiskey Sour is a classic cocktail and one that is ideal for St Patrick’s Day when using Irish Whiskey as the base alcohol.
The addition of an egg-white helps to create a foam that’s perfect for floating a clover/shamrock leaf for a truly impressive (and relevant) garnish.
50ml Irish Whiskey
25ml Sugar Syrup
15ml Lime Juice
1 Large Egg White
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds until the contents become chilled and foamy.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Add clover leaves to garnish.
Bonus points if you can bring the luck of the Irish and garnish with a four leaf clover!
If green beer isn’t your thing, we’re sure the Green Dublin will be a green-inspired cocktail that will get you into the festive spirit.
Don’t mistake this drink for a regular Appletini, the Green Dublin is sweet and sour but still packs a punch thanks to the addition of some good old Irish whiskey.
50ml Irish Whiskey
25ml Apple Schnapps
50ml White Cranberry Juice
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until the shaker becomes cold to touch.
Strain into a chilled martini glass and add a thinly sliced apple wedge to garnish.
Irish Coffee is a cocktail that most people associate with Christmas but it’s also an ideal post-dinner cocktail for St Patrick’s Day.
There are countless methods for creating the Irish Coffee recipe but we’d recommend keeping it basic for St Patrick’s Day.
2 tbsp Double Cream
150ml Freshly Brewed Black Coffee
50ml Irish Whiskey
1 tsp Brown Sugar
Lightly stir and whip the cream and set to one side.
Pour the hot coffee into a heatproof glass and add the Irish Whiskey and sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Float the cream on top to finish.
The Moscow Mule is one of the most loved cocktails on the planet and fortunately, swapping out the vodka for Irish Whiskey is an easy way to make this a unique St Patrick’s Day cocktail.
50ml Irish Whiskey
125ml Ginger Beer
Half fill a rock’s glass with ice and pour over the Irish Whiskey and ginger beer. Squeeze half a lime into the glass and stir gently.
Add a lime wedge to garnish.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day From The Society
However you’re celebrating, we hope this collection of easy St Patrick’s Day cocktails makes your day a cracker.
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